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A gamebook for 1-2 players set in the distant future. The world has been transformed. Your mission: restore humanity!
A gamebook for 1-2 players set in the distant future. The world has been transformed. Your mission: restore humanity!
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The Midnight Legion Series

Portal of Life is the final gamebook in the Midnight Legion trilogy. It follows book 2, The World Reborn, and book 1, Operation Deep Sleep. In this campaign we are releasing the 3rd gamebook, which you can either play as a standalone adventure or as a continuation in the series. Here is more about...

What to Expect

The Midnight Legion is an interactive story where you decide what happens next. Solve puzzles, recover lost memories, and utilize combat, stealth, or sixth sense and diplomacy. You can read this book on its own (all you need is a pair of six-sided dice), or start with Books 1 and Book 2. Midnight Legion was labeled a "projects we love" by Kickstarter.

Last Recruit

We have another special item available in this campaign. The prequel mini-booklet Last Recruit features a character-creation storyline created for the 2018 Free RPG Day. There are a limited number of remaining print copies set aside and available for this campaign. In this adventure, you can develop your character for the Midnight Legion Series through its narrative. (Unlocked PRINT ADD-ONs available now)

Midnight Legion Reviews

"Aaron has a system where memories are gradually given to you, allowing for the story and your background to unfold as you read. This is a great strength of the book, where every few sections gives you a new insight into the mystery around you." -Lloyd of Gamebooks

"...one of The Best Games for Solo Players from Gen Con 2016...." -Nerdy But Flirty

"...this series uses a highly advanced game system, offering a deeper level of character generation than a standard CYOA gamebook – featuring combat, puzzles, diplomacy, stealth and role-playing elements. Book 1: Operation Deep Sleep is available in a very attractive box set,..." -Gamebook News

“An incredible story, an incredible journey…so much fun.” The What Did You Play Last Week Podcast Thing (Podcast):

"4.5 out of 5" -Board Times (Polish)

"Just wanted to say Thank-You! Its better then I even hoped for! And the illustrations are just amazing! I have backed projects before and this it the first time I feel that the end results is worth more then my pledge! Again, Thank-You." -KICKSTARTER BACKER book 1 Jason S.

"This game is ideal for anyone wanting a solo roleplaying experience or even for parents who want to introduce their kids to gaming (and maybe hook them on reading at the same time)." -Josh, YTG Podcast Network, Your Turn Go!

"This is definitely an experience I feel I was missing in my collection, and I'm really glad I have had a chance to play this . . . I REALLY recommend it!" -UK Game Reviewer Slickerdrips

Game System

The Midnight Legion is a highly advanced, color illustrated gamebook trilogy in the style of the classic Choose Your Own Adventure series, with  control over your character and world—think of SORCERY or LONE WOLF, with deeper character generation. An interactive story is combined with combat, strategy, puzzles, diplomacy, stealth and role playing elements. Collect information, knowledge, and goods from the world around you to advance your character.

2-player Rules

Like any gamebook one player reads the entries as the game master to another player who experiences the world of Midnight Legion. All the rolls for the encounters are handled by the reader and the player handles all of his or her character's dice rolls. This is also a good way for the game master player to introduce the game to someone who doesn't know all the rules.

Game Play

You must choose whether to complete your objectives using combat, stealth, or sixth sense and diplomacy. You can solve the puzzles that unlock secrets using logic, or you can try to recover your lost memories for clues.

Choices

Whatever you decide, your actions change the world around you and determine the encounters you face next. Every game you play will be different – and you will need all of your skills to survive.

Your world is gone 

The world that has replaced it is alien and savage, but filled with wondrous new life. In the last remaining Midnight Legion base a computer controls technology that can destroy it or help it to thrive. 

If you’re strong enough you can defeat the agent who betrayed your mission. If you’re clever and skilled enough you can solve the base’s puzzles and outwit its traps. But even then you will still need to confront the sentient, possibly deranged computer itself. What it can tell you depends on how much you are willing to sacrifice to regain the memories you have lost.

Stretch Goals 

[UNLOCKED] 2k: Added color pages. Added artwork. [UNLOCKED]

[UNLOCKED] 4k: Upgraded paper stock, premium coating, and more color pages. [UNLOCKED]

[UNLOCKED!] 4.5k BONUS UNLOCK!! PDF FREE Short Story "The Ancients Awaken" from 2016 Every Day Fiction! Never before released expanded edition! This goes to ALL BACKERS at all LEVELS!

  • Centuries after the Devastation destroyed human civilization, mole explorers discover an underground human lair. They don't know that this is Alpha Base, where Midnight Legion agents wait for MELMA to rouse them from their stasis. All they know is that they have found a potential new home, with treasures beyond their wildest imagining.
  • This story takes place before MNL 1: Operation Deep Sleep. A shorter version was published in 2016 by Every Day Fiction, but this full, expanded version has never been published or shared.

[UNLOCKED!] 6k: Refined Hewn Bound Soft cover for Book 3: The World Reborn. [UNLOCKED!]

[UNLOCKED!] 7k: BONUS UNLOCK!! Hyperlinked version of the PDF for LAST RECRUIT. [UNLOCKED!]

[UNLOCKED!] 8k: Hyperlinked version of the PDFs for Book 1, Book 2, and Book 3 [UNLOCKED!]

[UNLOCKED!] 9k: Add "The Last Mission" short story into the PRINT & PDF version of BOOK 3. [UNLOCKED!]

[UNLOCKED!] 10k: Add a version of "Passing the Torch" short story into the PRINT & PDF version of BOOK 3. [UNLOCKED!] (original PDF VERSION will still have added graphic/editorial aspects beyond these versions)

[UNLOCKED!] 11k: Add a version of "The Ancients Awaken" short story into the PRINT & PDF version of BOOK 3. (original PDF VERSION will still have added graphic/editorial aspects beyond the PRINT version) [UNLOCKED!]

[UNLOCKED!] 13k: SHORT PRINT RUN: re-print prequel "Last Recruit" book 0 and to increase ADD-ON limit by (100) more, and add (100) more book 0 to the levels with this book.  [UNLOCKED!]

[UNLOCKED!] 14k: FULL PRINT RUN: Re-print prequel "Last Recruit" book 0 and re-open the ADD-ON cap and levels with this book. [UNLOCKED!]

18k: Reprint of Book 2, and ability to ADD-ON Book 2: The World Reborn.

22k: Reprint of Book 1 box set, and ability to ADD-ON Book 1 box set.

Add-Ons

Add +$7 ADD-ONS to get a PRINT version of LAST RECRUIT (review here)  from FREE RPG day 2018  Reprint UNLOCKED.

Add +$5 to get a PDF editions (with hyperlinks) of LAST RECRUIT

Add +$13 to get an additional BOOK 3: PORTAL OF LIFE, if you already have a print edition level.

Add +$15 to get a PDF edition of BOOK 1, MAP and MEMORY BOOK. (Sorry we cannot offer print add-ons, there are only a couple of boxes of this PRINT set left.)

Add +$9 to get a PDF edition of BOOK 2 . (Sorry we cannot offer print add-ons for this one either, there is less than a full box of the PRINT edition of this book remaining.)

Studio 9 Games

You can check out and get our other games here. Studio 9 Games is an award winning game company under the roof of Studio 9 Inc.

Risks and challenges

Studio 9 Games/ Studio 9 Inc has run 10 successful Kickstarters. Two of these campaigns were labeled by Kickstarter as "Projects we Love".

The only risk we anticipate is delays related to factors outside our control such as printing or shipping. These would be communicated as soon as possible.

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    Awakened Ancient Agent

    If you have everything else, this is a way to support the campaign. Everyone who backs this campaign at ANY LEVEL gets a copy of this item.

    This story unfolds centuries before MNL 1: Operation Deep Sleep. A shorter version was published in 2016 by Every Day Fiction, but this full, expanded version has never been published or shared.

    Centuries after the Devastation destroyed human civilization, mole explorers discover an underground human lair. They don't know that this is Alpha Base, where Midnight Legion agents wait for MELMA to rouse them from their stasis. All they know is that they have found a potential new home, with treasures beyond their wildest imagining.

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    As the owner of a retail store and a participant in the 2018 FREE RPG day, you have the exclusive honor to receive (4) of the Portal of Life print editions at retail costs. In addition shipping costs are greatly reduced.

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    If you want the FULL SET of PDF books, maps, and memory book, all in digital format, this is the level for you.

    This includes the digital contents of the box set, book 2, and book 3, plus the 2018 FREE RPG prequel booklet 0 THE LAST RECRUIT—all in PDF format.

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    • PDF edition Midnight Legion: Operation Deep Sleep (Book 1)
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    Portal Agent

    If you want the FULL SET of books in the series as PDFs, plus Books 3 in print, this is the level for you.

    This includes the digital contents of the box set with map, memory book, book 1, book 2 and book 3 in PDF format. Also includes the book 3 as a PRINT EDITION!

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    • PDF edition of Midnight Legion: The Last Recruit (Book 0)
    • PDF edition Midnight Legion: Operation Deep Sleep (Book 1)
    • PDF edition Midnight Legion: The World Reborn (Book 2)
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    If you want the FULL SET of books in the series as PDFs, plus Books 3 and 0 in print, this is the level for you.

    This includes the digital contents of the box set with map, memory book, book 1, and book 2 in PDF format. Book 3 and the Prequel Book 0 are PRINT EDITIONS!

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    • PDF edition Midnight Legion: Operation Deep Sleep (Book 1)
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    Exclusive Agent of the Legion

    The intelligence community tells us there is a limited supply of 1st edition printed books set aside for some Exclusive Agents. Get this if you want a FULL set of all Midnight Legion materials, signed to you, with a sketch on the box.

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    • PRINT edition Midnight Legion: BOX SET (Book 1) map, dice, Memory
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